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Men's 50 best grooming gear - from Boots to Molton Brown

Published 27/01/2011

<b>(Malin+Goetz) Hair Pomade</b><br/>
New-school pomades have far less wax in them and are therefore easier to apply - and, more importantly, easier to wash out.<br/>
<b>Where</b> Liberty ( <br/>
<b>How much</b> £15 (100ml)
(Malin+Goetz) Hair Pomade
New-school pomades have far less wax in them and are therefore easier to apply - and, more importantly, easier to wash out.
Where Liberty (
How much £15 (100ml)
Zoom tooth cleaning
Zoom whitening is a process that subtly whitens the teeth without leaving you with an overly gleaming fake smile. In just one visit, the light-activated whitening technology makes teeth an average of eight shades lighter.
Where www.teeth
How much From £350
Baudelaire Eau de Parfum
Byredo is a Stockholm-based fragrance house that has quietly built a reputation for providing unique fragrances. One of its newest fragrances is inspired by the French poet Baudelaire - it has a very smoky feel of patchouli mixed with black amber.
How much £130 (100ml)
M Lab Anti-Aging Blemish Control Cleanser
This product by M Lab is dermalogically tested so is suitable for all skin types. Costing little bit more than your average cleanser, this product gently exfoliates the skin, reduces oiliness and improves the tone and texture of the skin. Use twice weekly.
Where M Lab (
How much £50 (177ml)
Boots Foot Polisher
When it comes to general grooming, feet tend to get left by the wayside, and considering they're fairly low-maintenance that's a crying shame. When you're next having a soak in the bath, grab this foot polisher and rub away dead skin on the feet. For harder skin on the heel, soak with a bit of soap and scrub again. Easy.
Where Boots (
How much £1.98
Wahl Clippers
Since 1919, Wahl has been providing clippers and trimmers to to tame unruly beards. This mini clipper is great for weekends away or holidays. Providing 75 minutes of run-time when fully charged, it's perfect for keeping beards trim on the go.
Where Boots (
How much £130
Comme des Garçons Wonderwood
As the name suggests, this new fragrance relies heavily on woody scents from the forest. Notes of Madagascan pepper and nutmeg, cedar and sandalwood give a warm, reassuring fragrance.
Where House of Fraser (
How much £48 (100ml)
Boots Clipper
Bitten finger nails and - horror - toe nails can be easily remedied by investing in a sturdy pair of nail clippers. These won't rust so can be used in the shower or bath. And always remember to cut straight across the nail.
Where Boots (
How much £1.11
Nickel Bio Green Boost Energizing Eye Concentrate
This is a super little product for tired eyes. Apply a small amount around the eye area and this concentrate, which is enriched with aloe vera, will refresh and revitalise. It's also certified organic.
How much £21
L'Oréal Men Expert Deodorant
Here's an antiperspirant and anti-body-odour spray that also works to combat underarm wetness for 48 hours. But it doesn't mean you don't have to wash for two days.
Where Superdrug (
How much £2.49 (250ml)
Baxter of California Facial Scrub
Founded in 1965, Baxter of California provides skincare for men combining science and nature. This scrub not only exfoliates but also promotes cell renewal. Use once or twice weekly.
How much £15 (120ml)
Boots Essentials Hair gel
Boots Essentials provides us with, well, the essentials for our grooming kit. If you're a fan of the slicked-back wet look - 1980s revival, anyone? - then squeeze a small amount of this gel into your hand and work through hair.
Where Boots (
How much £1.01
Lab SeriesPower Protector SPF50
Lab Series has created this lightweight cream that helps brighten the skin as well as protecting it from harmful UVA rays. It also leaves skin shine-free.
Where Lab Series (
How much £42 (100ml)
Bleu de Chanel
Before you even smell this fragrance you know it's going to be great. The bottle will look great in your bathroom cabinet and the eau de toilette itself has notes of pepper and citrus.
Where Chanel (
How much £42 (100ml)
Nivea Revitalising Moisturiser Q10
Nivea's moisturiser contains double the concentrate of the skin's own coenzyme Q10, which helps in the skin's natural renewal process.
Where Nivea for Men (
How much £11.59 (50ml)
S.O.S Face and Body Cream
If you suffer from dry and irritable skin on the body then this rich, steroid-free cream will suit you. It re-hydrates skin all over the body and brings relief to stressed-out skin.
Where Barefoot Botanicals (
How much £9 (100ml)
The Organic Pharmacy Deep Cleansing Face Wash
This product is free from preservatives and removes dirt, impurities and pollution leaving your skin feel soft and smooth.
Where The Organic Pharmacy (
How much £15 (75ml)
Carter and Bond Shaving Brush
A good shaving brush gives a smoother shave by ensuring that each hair is thoroughly lubricated with soap.
Where Carter and Bond (
How much £25.95
Clarins Men Active Face Wash
A daily foaming cleanser that removes impurities, leaving skin clean and fresh. It doesn't overly dry the skin, which means its ideal for all skin types
Where Boots (
How much £17.87 (125ml)
Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
This scent is part of a group of fragrances from Tom Ford's private collection. Launched in 2007, it's for the fragrance connoisseur out there.
Where House of Fraser (
How much £115 (50ml)
L'Occitane Pour Homme Shave Gel
This fresh gel transforms into a smooth foam when applied to the skin, which allows the razor blade to glide across the face.
Where Debenhams (
How much £10 (100ml)
Comme des Garçons 2 Man Bath and Shower Gel
This has a very smoky fragrance, mixing leather and incense to give a heady shower gel. Because of the richness of this smell, I recommend you only use it for special occasions.
Where House of Fraser (
How much £21 (200ml)
Clarins Men Fatigue Fighter
The great thing about this product is that it's non-greasy, which is ideal for men's skin, which tends to be oilier than women's. As soon as you put this cream on the skin, it's absorbed and helps to minimise the appearance of stress and fatigue.
Where Boots (
How much £28.60 (50ml)
Carter and Bond Razor
As men are taking more of an interest in the art of shaving, it's advisable to invest a bit more cash into the razor you use. This cream and silver example from Carter and Bond has a classic feel to it.
Where Carter and Bond (
How much £75
Boots Antiseptic Cream
Having overindulged on the chocolate and booze at Christmas, your skin might not be looking its best - treat any spots and pimples with this non-greasy antiseptic cream.
Where Boots (
How much £1.19 (100g)
No 88 Czech & Speake
Here's the signature scent from Czech & Speake, a truly English smell. It's a complex mix of bergamot and geranium with base notes of sandlewood and vetiver. A sensual fragrance that's great to wear in the daytime.
Where Carter and Bond (
How much £65 (100ml)
(Malin+Goetz) Detox Face Mask
Apply a thick layer all over the face and leave on for about five minutes. This will penetrate deep in to the skin, removing oils and dirt. Use twice weekly.
Where Liberty (
How much £34 (118ml)
Dermalogica Waterblock Solar Spray
If you're lucky enough to be getting away for some winter sun then pack this sun screen in your wash bag. It's water resistant for about 80 minutes.
Where Dermalogica (
How much £30.50 (125ml)
Kyoku for Men Exfoliating Facial Scrub
This is a very gentle facial cleanser combining camellia and peppermint leaf that work together to penetrate pores and help promote cell regeneration.
Where Kyoku (
How much £19 (100ml)
Boots Facial Hair Scissors
These scissors are great for trimming a beard, but they're also ideal for any unsightly hair that grows around the ears or nose. The blades are aligned so that they cut away from the skin, ensuring no painful cuts or nicks.
Where Boots (
How much £2.02
L'Oréal Hydra Energetic Eye Roll-On
The skin around the eyes can be the most fragile and this is where wrinkles start to show first. Applying this wonder cream reduces undereye bags, smooths lines and reduces dark circles.
Where Boots (
How much £11.22 (15ml)
,b>Burberry Brit
Considering that it's a heady mixture of mandarin, ginger, cardamon, wild rose, and nutmeg - to name but a few - this has a clean and simple scent.
Where Boots (
How much 100ml £44
Marvis Tooth Paste
You should always look after your teeth, but give your pearly whites an extra-special treat this new year with this aquatic mint from Marvins - minty with the cool freshness of the sea.
Where Liberty (www.liberty)
How much £5.50 (75ml)
Boots Sisal Buffer
A natural buffer is the idea way to remove dry skin and grime, leaving your skin softer and smoother. Gently massage your skin while you're in the shower to freshen and tone
Where Boots (
How much £2.13
Boots Dental Tape
Flossing your teeth should be a part of your daily oral hygiene. Most of us tend to be lazy when it comes to flossing, but it helps remove plaque, which can lead to gum disease and bad breath.
Where Boots (
How much £1.93
Head Blade Shaver
The head blade fits onto your middle finger and slides effortlessly across your scalp without unnecessary pressure - leaving your head smooth and cut-free.
How much £16.95
Paul Smith Man 2
A rich, sumptuous fragrance with fruity tones of grapefruit, mandarin and apple as top notes. With a base note of white musk, which cuts through the zestiness, making it a perfect fragrance for spring.
Where Superdrug (
How much £25 (100ml)
Yu.Be Moisturising Skin Cream
First launched in 1957 in Japan, this cream is amazing at protecting against dry winter skin on the face. Its non-greasy formula means that it's easily absorbed into the skin.
Where Carter and Bond (
How much £12 (33g)
Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense
A new men's fragrance from Prada (launches 28 February) is always something to get the nose twitching. This scent has a very intense body of amber with notes of bergamot and vanilla, which adds warmth to this heavy scent.
Where Prada (020-7494 6220)
How much £44.50 (50ml)
Lab Series Shampoo
Anyone who's worried about thinning hair should try this shampoo from Lab Series. It cools and invigorates the scalp, which promotes hair growth, and then it moisturises and conditions to give thicker, fuller-looking hair.
How much £25
Molton Brown Body Wash and Scrub
Use this in the shower in the morning and massage all over your body to help remove dead skin cells. Cassia bark and jojoba spheres help to clean blocked pores.
Where Molton Brown (
How much £19.50 (200ml)
Tommy Guns Hair Conditioner
This conditioner gently moisturises your hair while re-balancing your scalp and includes healthy-sounding ingredients like sage and basil.
Where John Lewis (
How much £4.99 (100ml)
Philips Pro Body Groom
An electric groomer that offers a smooth shave for every part of your body below the neckline. The all-in-one shaving and trimming system gives you the perfect body trim and shave.
Where Philips (
How much £70
Ole Henriksen Clean Shave
Enriched with aloe, cucumber and eucalyptus, this gel is especially good for those with razor burn. Apply generously, shave and then rinse off thoroughly, to ensure pores are not blocked with soap.
How much £25 (207ml)
Wilkinson Sword Quattro Titanium Disposable
A disposable razor with a rotating head is always going to give a closer shave, and the blade has conditioning strips of vitamin E, which helps sooth skin.
How much £5.79
Nightscape by Ulrich Lang
The base note of this eau de toilette is a light touch of patchouli. Its volume is turned down while remaining exotic, and this is a great scent for day or night.
Where Liberty (
How much £52 (100ml)
Prada Infusion D'Homme Soap
A very rich, cleansing soap that uses avocado oil, which moisturises the deep pores of the skin.
Where John Lewis (
How much £23.43
Boots Cotton Buds
Not only will these cotton buds keep your ears clean, the fairtrade cotton should give you the feel-good factor.
Where Boots (
How much £2.19
Molton Brown
If spicy, warm fragrances are more your bag then give this black pepper eau de toilette from Molton Brown a whirl.
Where Molton Brown (
How much £36 (50ml)
(Malin+Goetz) Lip Balm
Chilly winter air can play havoc with your lips. To help prevent dry cracked skin, apply lip balm that will hydrate and prevent irritation.
Where Liberty (
How much £9 (10g)

Lee Holmes works his way through myriad products targeting men's vanity from soothing balms to foot polishers.

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